TopMay 2015
A portion of the painting "Strawberry Shortcake" by Leah Loebner
In This Issue
Avoid the Dangers of "Stage 4" Thinking
Great Give Success
Game On!
Insuring Individuals with Mental Illness
Thank You to Paint-a-Palooza Volunteers
A Playful Mind Art Show
Chevys Fresh Mex, June 18
In Memory of "Chubby"
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Committee Meeting

Fri., June 6

11 a.m.

At Arundel Lodge.

Held on the first Friday of each month. All are welcome. Email Katerina Evans or call her at (443) 433-5961 with any questions.


NAMI Family Support Group

Thurs., June 11

7 to 8:30 p.m.

At Arundel Lodge.

For more information, email NAMI Anne Arundel.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
Avoid the Dangers of Stage 4 Thinking




We hear the healthcare community report a lot about the dangers of ignoring early signs of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or other physical ailments. We hear about how important it is to receive appropriate, timely screenings. Mental health is no different! It's just as important to pay close attention to your mental health and that of your loved ones and catch potential problems early on.

The ACE Study shows a direct correlation between childhood trauma and the adult onset of chronic disease, depression, suicide, and violence. Early intervention that focuses on helping children address physical and emotional trauma can prevent the development of chronic disease as well as behavioral health disorders and their outcomes.


People with behavioral health disorders that are not attributable to trauma still benefit from getting help before a crisis or when symptoms first begin to appear. 


Some reasons people put off seeking help include a fear of mental illness or stigma; a lack of understanding about mental illness; impaired judgement or denial about one's own state of mental health or that of a loved one's; and/or not knowing where or how to get help. Read more in the article "Why Don't People Get Help for Mental Illness?"


With one in four American adults experiencing a behavioral health disorder in any given year, and 20 percent of teens ages 13 to 18 experiencing a severe behavioral health disorder, Mental Health Awareness Month is the perfect time to stop and evaluate your mental health and that of your loved ones. See these helpful Screening Tools from Mental Health America that aim to help individuals identify behavioral health concerns and avoid the dangers of "Stage 4 Thinking."


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The Great Give Was a Fantastic Success, Thanks to Donors!


Generous donors helped Arundel Lodge more than double the funds raised for people with behavioral health disorders during The Great Give 2015, compared to our 2014 numbers.


Our grand total raised during the Great Give 2015 was...$10,580!


The community continues to grow in its understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. This understanding evokes more empathy for individuals and their families living with these challenges, and it helps people recognize the need for competent, compassionate, and effective treatment options. 


With this progress, we know that our support will only continue to grow. It truly is a better world and a better Anne Arundel County with behavioral health treatment available. Thank you to everyone who makes it possible for Arundel Lodge to continue to provide programs and services that meet these needs!


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Game On! Golf Tournament to Benefit Arundel Lodge

The Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus (HCMC) will host its annual Swing Into Summer Golf Tournament on June 12, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the programs of Arundel Lodge. 

The chorus is calling all golfers to take part in this worthy cause, and seeking event sponsors, program advertisements, and donations of items for prizes, a silent auction, and goody bags!

HCMC is a a women's a cappella group with more than 80 members from across central Maryland. It is a registered chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a 501(c)3, so contributions are tax-deductible.

To play, register online at (see flyer below for more details). Grab your clubs and join us!

To sponsor, advertise, or donate items, please email Ericka McLeod or call Ericka at 202-497-3331. Thank you! 


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Coverage Not Guaranteed

The latest report from Mental Health America, Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015, discusses the impact of the Affordable Care Act on behavioral health and how states' choices to expand or not expand Medicaid affects individuals with mental health and substance use disorders:

As part of the ACA, states were given the option of implementing their own state-run health exchange or using a federally-facilitated exchange. To date, 17 states have created their own State-Based Marketplaces, seven are in Partnership Marketplaces, and 27 states use the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace.


In 2012, a Supreme Court ruling allowed states to choose whether or not they would expand Medicaid for individuals earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Today, 28 states (including the District of Columbia) have expanded Medicaid, 19 states have chosen not to expand Medicaid, and four states (Indiana, Utah, Tennessee, and Wyoming) may expand Medicaid within the next year.

In February 2014, the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) assessed the impact, in the relevant states, of the decision not to expand Medicaid.

Since AMHCA's assessment, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire have expanded Medicaid, leaving an estimated 3.47 million uninsured adults with serious mental health and substance use conditions in the Medicaid Gap.


Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015, Mental Health America. Click HERE for full report.


Fortunately, Maryland is one of those states that has made insurance more available by establishing a state-based health exchange and expanding the number of people covered by Medicaid, also known as Medical Assistance.

Unfortunately, this doesn't solve the coverage problem for many. Once an individual has applied for Medical Assistance through Maryland's health exchange, they receive coverage for 90 days by presumptive determination. That is, they are insured for 90 days pending the verification of the submission of all necessary documentation. If all required documents are provided, individuals continue to receive coverage for one year before having to re-apply. If an individual does not follow through by providing all required documents, eligibility is terminated and they must restart the process by reapplying.

Many of the individuals we serve at Arundel Lodge fall within the Federal Poverty Level and would qualify for Medical Assistance. Our experience has been that individuals have often lacked the necessary supports to navigate the complexities of the full application process; some have lacked a complete understanding of their responsibilities and the knowledge or wherewithal to fulfill them; or for one reason or another, some individuals have chosen not to follow through.

This lack of follow-through can lead to an interruption of important services for individuals and/or a loss of adequate reimbursement for providers. While Maryland has helped hundreds of thousands of people obtain medical insurance, individuals still need additional supports to successfully obtain and consistently retain benefits.

Arundel Lodge is committed to helping facilitate the process of obtaining and sustaining medical coverage for those we serve.

For more information on the Maryland health insurance exchange you can also visit the following links:

Maryland Health Connection
(855) MHC-8572 - (855) 642-8572


Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE)
Information about exchange planning and development.


State Exchange Profile: Maryland
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation overview of Maryland's progress toward creating a state health insurance exchange.


Health Education and Advocacy Unit, Office of the Attorney General
Serves residents and other consumers who receive health care from a Maryland health care provider or health insurance provider.
(877) 261-8807


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Thank You to Paint-a-Palooza Volunteers 


On May 2, members of the Tri-City Chapter of Blacks in Government along with the Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha's "Elite" Eta Eta Lambda Chapter worked together to repaint and refurbish several rooms at one of Arundel Lodge's residences in the Senior Residential Program. Members from Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church provided lunch.


Thank you to everyone who helped with our painting weekend! We are so grateful for your participation, and the residents are thrilled with how their house looks.


"Projects like this make a big difference in the lives of the people who we serve here at Arundel Lodge," said Cindy Garmoe, our Volunteer Coordinator.


To join other community members in making a difference, please contact Cindy Garmoe.


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A Playful Mind Art Show

Please join us on Thursday, June 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the opening reception of A Playful Mind, an art show featuring works from the artists of the Open Eye Gallery at Arundel Lodge. The reception will be held at the Pascal Center at Anne Arundel Community College in
"Strawberry Shortcake" 
by Leah Loebner
 Visitors should park in lot A.

The event will feature an interactive art project, a display of mirrored "flashies" as well as a signup for a workshop to make your own, and artwork and other items for sale. 

Please contact Lindsey Butler or Katerina Evans with any questions.

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Visit Chevys Fresh Mex on June 18 to Support Arundel Lodge

Please help support our programs by dining at Chevys in Annapolis on Thursday, June 18! From 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., the restaurant will donate 15 percent of its proceeds from participants to Arundel Lodge. 

All you need to do is come to Chevys on June 18 and bring the flyer below. To-go orders are also eligible for the 15 percent donation. Don't forget the flyer!

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In Memory of "Chubby"

We pay our respects to former Arundel Lodge staff member and friend Julius Mackell, Jr., known to friends and family as "Chubby." 
Julius "Chubby" Mackell
Chubby died on April 30 at age 71 with family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diane; his daughter, Kim (Evan); his son, Kevin (Twiggy); three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Lane Hicks, former Program Manager at Arundel Lodge, remembers him fondly. "His smile had a way of brightening the day for many ALI members and staff."

Missy Kirby, current Arundel Lodge Residental Program Manager, said, "Chubby was very much a gentleman. He gave the best hugs and always had a contagious smile."

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